For the Norwood girls, earning first-team honors were seniors Samantha Oliver and Malisha Sutherlin, who were first and second on the team in scoring. Senior Alyssa Carr and junior Hilary Ragsdale were named honorable mention. The Mavericks, under the direction of first-year coach Jann Gillen, had their season ended with a 64-54 loss to eventual 1A fourth-place state finisher Crested Butte in a District 1 semifinal on Feb. 29. Norwood finished 16-5 overall and tied Mancos for second at 7-3 in the league behind champion and eventual 1A sixth-place state-tournament finisher Dove Creek (10-0). The Mavericks finished ahead of Dolores (4-6), Telluride (2-8), and Nucla (0-10).
The Norwood boys’ team, which finished 9-11 overall and 5-5 (third) in the league, were represented on the all-league team by first-team selection senior Jesse Efurd. Sophomore Zach Andrews was named honorable mention. The Mavericks’ had their season come to an end in a 54-50 1A, District 1 quarterfinal loss to DeBeque on Feb. 28.
The Nucla boys’ squad didn’t have a first-team selection, but senior Brandon Galarza was named to the second-team and senior Dillon Smuin was picked as honorable-mention as the Mustangs finished 4-13 overall and 3-7 (fifth) in the league. Their season ended with a 90-51 loss to league champion (10-0) and top-seeded Telluride in a 2A, District 3 semifinal on Feb. 29.
The Mustang girls’ team’s lone representative in the all-league selections was junior Andrea Reams, who was named second-team. Nucla finished 1-17 overall and 0-10 in the league. Its season ended with a 65-32 loss to top-seeded Mancos in a 2A, District 3 semifinal on Feb. 29.
There will be three more teams to choose honorees from next year in Ignacio, Ouray and Ridgway, which will be joining the league, expanding it to nine teams.